We’re building a better world together.

Los Angeles

November 14-16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Where Empathy Turns to Action

Our work is complex, but our common goal is simple—we dedicate ourselves to creating positive change and improving lives. As we face a wide range of issues—social, economic and environmental, regional and national—it’s more important than ever to join forces with other purpose-driven professionals.

That’s exactly why changemakers from all sectors come together for Upswell, an immersive, high-energy forum for passionate individuals committed to turning ideas into action. Here you’ll connect with like-minded peers to forge strategic partnerships, address big challenges, exchange lessons learned and explore current best practices for advancing your mission and reaching your organizational goals.

Engage with your community in Los Angeles, November 14–16, 2018, to take concrete steps toward our common purpose—creating a better world.

Featured Speakers

David Brooks

As one of America’s preeminent cultural and political commentators, New York Times columnist David Brooks has his finger on the pulse of the nation – and he has big ideas about how we can strengthen the ties that bind.

Tarana Burke

Few people embody the role of changemaker as meaningfully as Tarana Burke. With the simple, powerful hashtag #metoo, she launched one of the most influential, inclusive, and impactful social movements in modern history.

Robert Egger

Social entrepreneur and impact-minded culinary wizard Robert Egger has a proven model that stops food waste, sustains the environment, feeds the hungry, creates jobs that reduce poverty, supports seniors, and builds stronger communities. And that’s just for starters.

Lisa Ling

One of the essential tools of changework is storytelling. In an ever-shifting media landscape, Emmy-nominated journalist Lisa Ling has a unique talent for finding the stories that truly matter.

Erik Wahl

Calling Erik Wahl a speaker isn’t quite right. An artist, author, philanthropist, and creative thinker, he turns the stage into a “dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk.” (Yes, you read that right!)

The public square is at the very heart of civil society. It’s where we build community, test ideas, and make change. It’s where creativity, innovation, science, spirituality, and strategy collide in fantastic ways. And it’s where you’ll discover some of Upswell’s most distinctive and memorable features.


Break away from the crowd, roll up your sleeves, and dig into the topics that interest you most. With dozens of distinct offerings designed for experimentation, creativity, and connection, “where to go next?” might be your toughest decision of the day.

Workshops are organized into four tracks:


The work we do as changemakers must be grounded in our own humanity and the humanity of each person who comes into contact with our mission.

Racial Equity

Our country was founded on, and continues to perpetuate systems of racism, oppression, and structural violence. Together, we must confront racial inequities.

Data and Technology

As technology advances at a whiplash pace, it’s critical to stay ahead of the trends and practices that are changing the ways we do change work.

Policy and Advocacy

From the halls of Congress to local activism, positive change can’t be sustained without public policy interventions. Every changemaker is an advocate, and better advocacy starts here.

Your spot on the schedule

Want to share your best thinking with a national audience? Workshops are just the beginning. From quick pitches to creative problem solving to mindfulness activities, we’re excited to accept a broad range of program proposals.

If you have an idea that will surprise, delight, or challenge your fellow changemakers, we want to hear about it. But hurry: The first round of proposals is due July 27.

LA Inside & Out

Los Angeles might be home to Hollywood, but it’s also home to hundreds – yes, hundreds – of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the country. We’re excited to introduce you to LA Inside & Out, a new social good experience that takes you on a journey of authenticity and exploration into the city’s vibrant communities.

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Three-Day Pass

Grab a pass for access to all main stage talks, the Public Square, networking events, workshops, and the big awards dinner!

$600 / Ticket

$400 / $600 / $800 / $1000

Exhibitor Packages

Have a product or service that’s improving the world? Here’s your chance to connect it to the people who are doing the same!

$2,575 / Gold

$2,175 / Silver

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The City of Angels

Los Angeles projects the power of diversity. Diverse people and cultures. Diverse opportunities and challenges. Diverse neighborhoods and landscapes. Diverse kinds of thinking, hoping, feeling, being. Upswell is designed so that you’ll experience it all – not from a screen or a microphone, but on the ground, in the community, directly absorbing LA’s vibrant energy.

And when we’re not out exploring and learning together, the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will serve as a mind-opening home base.